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Are the Political Tides High Enough to Wash Over Arlington?

An article in the Monday, April 7, Richmond Times-Dispatch says "Across Northern Virginia, the political tides are turning as the state's most populous region heads into an election season marked so far by anger over skyrocketing real estate tax bills." The paper quotes Mary Washington College political science professor Steven Farnsworth as saying, " The question is really becoming to what extent will the more morederate elements of the (GOP) be able to stay in power. . . The Republican Party is in control, but which Republican Party?" The article notes that the competition from anti-taxers is even "extending behond races for state Senate and House of Delegates to races for city councils and county boards of supervisors." Can Arlington County be far behind? On March 15, 2003, the the County Board voted to keep the real estate tax rate at $0.993, which is an effective real estate tax rate increase of 14%. Despite the possible 14% increase, though, few Arlington taxpayers turned out for a public hearing on tax rates on March 27 to protest skyrocketing taxes in the liberal enclave.

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